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Old 9th October 2008, 17:12   #1
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Default Orange Holidays: Malaysisa or Thailand for ~20K

Have been hearing a lot about the above offer here in Bangalore. Here is the deal:
  • 2N/3D to Malaysia (KL + one more place) or Thailand (Bangkok/Patayya)
  • Cost: 19,975 per person. (Includes air fare, hotel, B-fast/lunch/dinner/sightseeing etc)
  • Cost of visa/travel insurance is extra (approx 2.5K)
  • For 5K more one can do the above for 6N/7D.
  • Extra 2K if starting the travel on Fri/Sat/Sun
Want to know the following (assuming that the purpose of the holiday is to just chill out & shopping. Sightseeing is not the primary agenda):
  • If this is price ok? Anything to watch out for?
  • Should one take this package tour approach or plan everything on their own
  • Any other options that one can use for planning a week's holiday for chill-out & shopping to East Asia
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Old 9th October 2008, 17:20   #2
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Seems to be ok. But I remember last April, (infact usually around that time everyyear) Malysian airlines had tour packages. 2N/3D all inclusive except for Dinner & Lunch. It costs around 15K.

Also, check the flights in Tiger airlines. Round trip to Singapore costs like 7K + taxes

Just fyi.
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Old 9th October 2008, 18:36   #3
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Sounds decent. Though most people who have done such trips prefer individual ones rather than taking the packages.
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Old 9th October 2008, 21:08   #4
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Find out what kind of hotel in what neighbourhood. That can make a difference.
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Old 10th October 2008, 00:14   #5
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The price is okay. However, there are a couple of things you could take into consideration.
1. The base fare from Bangalore to Kul is around 9grand on Malaysian airlines for the month of October. IC - around 5 grand. Taxes added upto 10grand - do the math. However, a travel company also gets deals from the airlines saying that if 10 people are travelling together, then the fare will be lower. In that case, you'll be asked to change your travel dates with 1 excuse or the other being offered & the agency will avail the lower fare, thereby making your package a lot cheaper than it should be. Hence then 19K is expensive
2. Another thing to take into consideration is - the hotels. Most of the hotels are 3 star, which can be a lot cheaper if booked directly. However, in case you do not like the hotel you book, then you do not have anyone to come back & shout on, thereby ruining your holiday.

PS - which agent is offering you the deal?
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Recently Hotels India Discount Hotel Budget Air Tickets Flight Tickets - TravelGuru.com was also offering such 3-day package to Malaysia but at lower cost @ Rs. 11,599/- per person Ex-Delhi. Though i didn't looked at too much seriously but found it a exceptionally good deal. Though it didn't had any specified option for upgrading the 3 day tour to 5 day.

Bangkok Break- Find Bangkok Break Vacation Package from Travel Guru

Do read fine prints as these kind of deal do have some thing under astrix "*"
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Old 10th October 2008, 13:34   #7
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If you need to do all the hardwork to save a couple of thousand - better to go in for the above scheme. My 2 cents.
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Aren't these the same guys who were offering an Audi A6 when a villa was booked through them? I find their marketing tactics a little too aggressive for my taste. Anyone has any experience dealing with them?
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Smell something fishy with the orange guys. They are really really aggresive on pricing, not able to understand the schemes as of now. I am sure the hotels will be the big let down, as its the only thing which has not been elaborated on.
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